Sunday, September 28, 2014

My NYC Bucket List

Guys, sorry I've been MIA for the past two weeks. A lot's been going on this month with work that's left me exhausted by the end of day. Also, there's been an increasing amount of going away parties for my coworkers who are moving west to Cali (at least 3 in the last month).

I haven't talked about this much on the blog, but I've been feeling extra anxious lately. With all these people going to California, it is reminding me of my ever-looming back to California as well. And... I'm freaking out. While I don't have the exact dates for when it's going to happen, all I know is that it will be soon.

I'm so back and forth between how I feel about moving back to California. On one hand, I love NYC so much. My life and daily routines are set here now. Seriously, how am I going to leave my favorite spin instructor ever?? But then there's also winter. No, not the romanticized, "YAY! snow on Christmas Day!" winter. I'm talking about "OMFG, why is it still SNOWING in late April??" winter.

I'm also so excited to be back with my family in California and to finally have a kitchen that isn't right next to my couch. That last part is literal. My couch really is right next to my kitchen, so I definitely won't miss that. Maybe I'll post a picture in the next few weeks of my NYC kitchen to share with you, and so I can look back in the future and laugh.

Anyway, for the most part, I'm almost ready to move back. Except, I still have a ton of things I want to make sure I eat and see before leaving! Better start chipping away at it now before we get a date for sure and I'm rushing to see and eat ALL THE THINGS.

So without further ado, here's my New York City Bucket list (I cheated on some on my See & Do list, but it's stuff I've done lately that should belong on any good bucket list!).


Eat

  1. Momofuku Ko for lunch
  2. Last meal at Eleven Madison Park
  3. Le Bernardin
  4. 15 East and/or Sushi Yasuda
  5. Wolfgang's Steakhouse
  6. Try 3-5 more NEW ramen places
  7. Russ & Daughters Cafe
  8. Roberta's Pizza in Brooklyn
  9. Have Italian food in the Bronx
  10. Lamb burger at Breslin
  11. One last Zabar's trip
  12. Laconda Verde for Brunch
  13. ABC Kitchen
  14. Gato (Bobby Flay)
  15. Rotisserie Duck at Momofuku Bo Ssam

See & Do

  1. 9/11 Memorial
  2. Guggenheim Museum
  3. Rooftop at the Met
  4. Walk the Brooklyn Heights Promenade at Night
  5. Picnic at Brooklyn Bridge Park
  6. Go to Cloisters to see leaves changing color
  7. Liberty State Park
  8. Comedy Cellar
  9. Brooklyn Bowl
  10. Go to one more sample sale
  11. Go to US Open
  12. See show at Radio City
  13. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  14. Do Brooklyn Brewery Tour
After feeling a little guilty about the non-healthy activities...

Workout!

  1. Try Barry's Bootcamp
  2.  Do 5 more Soul Cycle classes
  3. Try 3 new gym classes at Crunch
  4. Should I try Class Pass?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NYC: Momofuku Ko, A Flawless Meal



The one word I would use to describe my Momofuku Ko experience is Flawless. I am talking like, Beyoncé, I woke up like "Nom Nom Nom Nom", #Flawless.

J and I were trying to figure out something to criticize about the meal and we came up with nothing. The entire experience was so pleasant, delicious and unpretentious that it has me longing for the next time I could come back to enjoy their longer, more expensive tasting menu at lunch. For the record, this doesn't happen to me very often, given the $$$ and the endless new places to spend it in NYC.

For those of you who don't know, Momofuku Ko is Chef David Chang's 2 Michelin Star restaurant. It's no secret that I love the Momofuku empire and as a part of my New York City bucket list, there was no way that I could leave without trying every single one of his restaurants. I mean, I've already been to (and blogged about)... Noodle Bar's Fried Chicken, Noodle Bar's Ramen, Bo Ssäm at Ssäm Bar, and Má Pêche. All that was left was Ko.

So why did it take me over three years to finally make it here? Part of it is like saving the best for last. Ko is the priciest restaurant out of the 4 mentioned. A 10 course tasting menu for dinner is $125, whereas their 16 course lunch is $175 (yes, lunch is longer than dinner!). The other part is that I just really needed to work myself up to it. I have always been a little apprehensive because I was scared it was going to be overrated. I figured I could avoid the letdown by just avoiding it altogether. I know, lame right?
But... honestly, how could I have thought this would be a letdown? There are two dishes on the tasting menu that are staples, and the Ko egg is one of them. From the time I first saw Chang make this on Mind of a Chef, I wanted it. A soft poached egg that's cracked, and spilling with caviar. I love the playfulness of the dish, down to the sweet potato vinegar that acts as blood (and a bonus that it acts to cut some of the richness of the dish).

Just too cute! You know, if you can call an egg bleeding out caviar "cute".

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Blueberry, Banana & Spinach Power Smoothie


Our Coachella Blender!
I will always remember this smoothie as my Coachella Power Smoothie. After 3 weeks of having smoothies for breakfast every day during the Clean Cleanse, I was on a smoothie kick and needed my daily fix.

Coachella ended up being after my cleanse so I was hyper aware of the fact that we were going to eat crappy food every day. It might have seemed silly at first, but as we were grocery shopping, I was on a mission to pick up all my essential smoothie ingredients. Needed to make sure we could start our day off right with a smoothie full of antioxidants, omega-3s and fiber!

My friends might have been laughing about a "Post-cleanse Shelly" at first, but once I started making the smoothie every morning, everyone was happy to reap the benefits. Sharing is caring my friends!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Whole Food's 365 vs Trader Joe's Complete Body Cleanse

I've written a lot about cleansing, particularly the Clean Cleanse. To say that I've spent long hours standing in the vitamin aisles at health food stores almost might be an understatement.

Since I've tried both the Complete Body Cleanses from Whole Food's 365 brand (reviewed here) and the Trader Joe's brand and I wanted to show you my findings. Is one better than the other? From comparing the ingredients, I've learned that the two cleanses are exactly the same.

Let's take a look...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NYC: How the Original Ramen Burger is Made


Before I go into the making of the Ramen Burger, I want to ask you one thing. What's more amazing? The fact that the Ramen Burger exists, or the innovation of this awesome wrapper that neatly encloses the burger, allows you to hold it while keeping your hands clean AND also catches the drippings of said Ramen Burger? The wrapper wins right?
The Ramen Burger is definitely last summer's news. But the bestie visited me a few weeks ago so I brought her to Smorgasburg to check out some of my favorite bites. There was no way that I was going to bring her to Smorg and not have her try the Ramen Burger.

Her reaction was all positive and it reminded me of why even the most gimmicky overtalked about foods in NYC can just be simply delicious, still worth mentioning and definitely worth trying.
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